Showing posts with label Joey Allcorn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Joey Allcorn. Show all posts

Aug 4, 2020

Welcome Back From the Netherworld, Joey Allcorn

By Robert Dean

Joey Allcorn is a walking ghost. Stuck between the ether of our compromised reality, and a netherworld surrounded by spirits, Allcorn is a mystic, soothsayer, and as he's always said, born a few decades too late. 

The music he writes isn't concerned with the current, what popular culture considers "country" whatever side of the traditionalist aisle you adhere to, instead, Allcorn, is a living relic. This man seeks out the forgotten players, who can tell you the names of the folks who etched their names in the walls of country music long ago. He's a historian and someone who keeps the keys to the past in his back pocket. 

On his new e.p, The State of Heartbreak, Allcorn doesn't disappoint, because he's incapable of doing that, but instead leads the listener toward the dark halls of what we're looking for, internally. That's why his music works. You can hear it with your grandparents, believe it in a room full of buddies, but it's also malleable. It has depth. It's not a sad rehash like so many country traditionalists. Allcorn will always get the Hank Williams comparisons, but where's the harm in that? If you can yodel and howl, then yodel and howl, this music is from the back hills and the hollers, don't let the repressions of radio fool you, this is music that's appeared within the bacteria of his gut lining, the DNA twisting through his genome.

On this release, Allcorn toys with some Kris Kristofferson, some Leadbelly, and with a little Faron Young. Allcorn has never been shy about who he looks to as an influence, and all of his selections work in the spirit of The State of Heartbreak. It's hard to even have a critical ear toward Allcorn, you know what you're getting, and it's always consistent. He's like the video of the guy throwing basketballs two-handed and never missing. The timbre, the attitude, and the intent are forever stitched into the music, Allcorn is a perfectionist in that he's incapable of putting out a dud. He'd rather hide in the shadows. 

For a while, Allcorn disappeared. He'd occasionally pop up on social media, reminding us through his various channels like "Honky Tonk Heroes" or his direct feed that he can rattle off more about country music that half the people whose names are hanging on the walls of the Opry. Having him back is fitting for the culture, he pays attention, he throws events, and his heart is always in the right place. Joey Allcorn is a hell of a singer and musician, but at the core of all things, he's a blue blood ambassador of country music who's done countless things to show old men they're not forgotten or to continually exercise the wrongs of the past.

We're lucky he's back in the saddle, the music needs more yodeling cowboys like him. 

Grab a download of The State of Heartbreak off his site: 

Aug 15, 2013

Hank Williams Museum Commemorative CD

By Johnny Edlin

Tradional country and honky-tonk musician Joey Allcorn is staying very busy these days. The Georgia native has a new album due out in 2014, but it's the current project Allcorn is working on that is getting a lot of attention.

Not long ago Joey stopped in at the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama. What he found there amongst all the Williams memorabilia (including that famous baby blue cadillac) was the inspiration for a tribute album. The Hank Williams Museum Commemorative CD will feature, Joey Allcorn, Rachel Brooke, Arty Hill, David Church, Andy Norman, Jake Penrod and Bobby Tomberlin.

The album will be available only exclusively through the museum. All the money brought in from the album sales will go directly to the museum. Allcorn recently told me the money from the album sales will also help the museum to do projects that promote Hanks memory and legacy.

The album will feature original material as well as, a new recording of "The Death of Hank Williams," "Midnight," which I learned is the last song Hank ever sang and also "Death Is Only A Dream," which according to a 1952 Country Song Roundup interview was Hanks favorite song.

Most of us are broke all the time but we still manage to spend that extra $20 a month on something we do not need. I urge you to spend that extra $20 this month on something worth while. Skip that trip to Taco Bell with the girlfriend, buy your scratch off lottery tickets next week and help make sure this tribute album happens. Hank Williams is considered by many the greatest singer/songwriter of all time. Help make sure his memory and legacy is not forgotten.

To help ensure that this album sees the light of day and to help the museum, I encourage you to visit and click on the Hank Record link. There are some awesome rewards you will get based on your contribution. Go see for yourself.


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